The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom and Monaco Paws is back on the street...
Irina Peterson and her Miniature Pinscher, Ever, are rarely apart. This week Monaco Paws found them enjoying a lovely afternoon outside the new Monaco Yacht Club.
Do you find Monaco to be very dog-friendly?
It opens a new universe. I had lived in Monaco for 17 years before I got Ever and thought I knew a lot of people. Since having him the number of people I know has doubled.
Is it easy to keep Ever with you all day?
Yes, he comes to the office with me everyday and has a bed there where he rests quietly while I work. He hates to be alone, but he is not a "bag-dog"; he won't stay in a bag. He feels a little offended to be put in a bag.
How has Ever affected your life?
He has changed my life for the better. I have learned so much. Dogs just help you to be 100 percent in the present. There is no dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. He is my dog, but I also feel like I am his human and therefore responsible for his happiness and well-being. It is a mutual and reciprocal relationship.
What do you like about Miniature Pinschers?
They have lots of personality, I love their looks and they are very adaptable. They can be very active and athletic, but also calm and affectionate. He is friends with everyone. He likes kids and all animals; cats, dogs, rabbits and even turtles.
Is it an intelligent breed? He is very smart and a little cheeky. I can't fool him more than twice. He had some formal training and is very well-mannered. He only barks if there is trouble. Once I found him barking loudly at a cupboard and when I opened it, I saw a small electrical fire had started.
Pinschers often have their ears and tails clipped, why didn't you do that with Ever?
I insisted that he remain in his natural state. Plus he talks to me so much through his ears and tail. I can tell what he is thinking by the position of his ears and judge his mood by his tail.
Ever looks like a very sporty dog. Does he need a lot of exercise?
He really appreciates exercise. On the weekends he runs 10K with my running club and me. Ever has also participated three times in the charity event, No Finish Line. This year he completed 75 kilometres.
Have you bred Ever?
He recently became a father for the first time! The neighbour of a friend also has a beautiful Miniature Pinscher and they met in a garden in Nice and just played and got on so well. Two adorable puppies were born last August.
Do you think you will continue to breed Ever?
Well, if he falls in love again, I won't prevent it.
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An expansive Roberto Giorgi, head of Fraser Yachts, in London for the inaugural London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show. Please see related story in the main news section, left. PHOTO: Joe McCarthy
Easter in Monaco...
The children of St. Paul's Church in Monte-Carlo enthusiastically lit the traditional Easter candle on Sunday. Also very popular was the annual Easter egg hunt following the service led by Father Walter Raymond. PHOTO: Simon Wynne
Monaco Life Easter Appeal...
The five-year-old Syrian Civil War has so far claimed more than 220,000 lives, including an estimated 10,000 children, a humanitarian disaster that has been devastatingly illustrated by this photo of a four year-old girl refugee whose father was killed in 2012 and who responded by 'surrendering' when the photographer pointed his camera.
Millions of people have been displaced by the conflict, with more than 12 million people - including five million children - still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. A bitter winter took the lives of untold thousands.
The image emerged as the Syrian government announced plans to import 150,000 tonnes of wheat for its starving population - just weeks after saying it had no need to do so.
The United Nations has said it does not have enough money to help all children like Adi Hudea. Readers can make a donation directly to the UNHCR by following this link: http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria
SOURCES: Include the UK’s Daily Mail, Please follow this link to read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3019198/Heartbreaking-moment-four-year-old-Syrian-girl-surrendered-photographer-pointed-camera-assumed-gun.html#ixzz3WE5JVqNq
PHOTO: Osman Sagirli
Taking to the air... Although the 2014 UIM annual photographic competition saw a slight decline in the number of entries in each category, the overall standard of submissions was much higher than previous years even with the absence of a few expected entrants…
“I really see this as a positive step forward and hope that all you photographers are aiming to improve with every shot you take? Photography is no longer an expensive hobby, and UIM events present some of the most exciting, high adrenaline sports which still allow close access to machines and drivers during events, so pick up your cameras, visit a UIM event and enjoy two great things at the same time - photography and powerboat racing,” said James Wright, Judging Panel Chairman.
“As with all forms of competition, you have to be in it to win it and you can only beat the competitors who are there! So many previous entrants have narrowly missed out on prizes with fierce competition and with very little to choose between pictures.
"The judging panel gives each and every image a great deal of consideration in a number of specific areas – I only wish we had time for personal critique of each shot.”
UIM, the International Powerboating Federation, is based in Monaco. MORE INFO: www.uimpowerboating.com
PHOTO: Alffian Bin Kadri of the team Malaysia at the UIM Nations Cup World Series, Grand Prix of Qatar, Doha, March 11, 2014, captured by Vittorio Ubertone: Nikon D300. Focal length: 300mm. Aperture: F. 8. Shutter speed: 1/1000. ISO: 640.
MONACO CHARITIES: Monaco charity Peace and Sport has launched its #WhiteCard campaign on social media to mark the second annual Internal Sporting Day in Aid of Peace, which takes place on April 6. The objective is to show solidarity with the main supporters of the idea that sport can change the world and make it a better place…
Everyone can take part, by taking a selfie or a photo of a group holding a ‘white card’ and posting it on Facebook with - “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !” or on Twitter with the comment “Like me, post your #WhiteCard to Play your Peace on April6 @peaceandsport #IDSDP2015 !”
Joël Bouzou, Président and Founder of Peace and Sport, said: The sixth of April offers Peace and Sport the opportunity to become more widely known. .. More people are joining us, knowing that sport can make the difference.”
The speakers during the session on Changing Patterns of HNW Expenditure at the Global High Net Worth 2015 conference in Monaco were the head of Fraser Yachts, Roberto Giorgi, Yolande Barnes, Head of World Research at Savills, and Mark Armstrong, who heads the Monaco office of Sotheby's. Ian Brodie